Wolves v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

By Simon Gray

The Third Round of the Carabao Cup is upon us and Bristol Rovers will be hoping to cause another upset when the head to Molineux to face Wolves.

Rovers knocked out Wolves’ Championship rivals Fulham 1-0 in the last round at Craven Cottage thanks to Ellis Harrison’s early goal and manager Darrell Clarke insists that his side are capable of another scalp.

“I expect to go up there and put on a good performance, a good showing,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“We’ll certainly be well supported going up there as we have been all the way through the last three years.

“We’ll be going up there to try and cause an upset, like we did at Fulham. It’s a game we look forward to, it’s good to get the boots back on after a defeat.”

Rovers will be without defender Ryan Sweeney, who is suspended for the match. Tom Broadbent looks the most likely candidate to replace him after he came on to fill the void Sweeney left in the 3-0 defeat at Wigan.

Wolves go into the game having lost just once in all competitions this season and will be buoyed by their late win over Nottingham Forest last time out.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side made it to the Third Round with an upset of their own, knocking out Premier League Southampton 2-0 at St Mary’s.

Forward Helder Costa has returned to training for Wolves but remains sidelined ahead of the match.

Leo Bonatini and Ruben Vinagre are doubts for the match after the pair came off injured at the weekend.

Wolves are also missing Willy Boly, with the defender still battling a hamstring injury and is expected to miss at least this week.


Wolves have faced Bristol Rovers just once in the League Cup, a fourth-round victory in October 1972 on their way to their first semi-final in the competition.

The third round is the furthest Bristol Rovers have been in the League Cup since they lost to Wolves in the fourth round in 1972/73.

After seven successive away losses to opposition from a higher tier, the Gas defeated Fulham in the last round; they haven’t knocked out two higher league sides since 1972/73, knocking out three (Cardiff, Brighton and Man Utd).

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